If The Melvins are playing within a couple hour drive from me, I’m going, Wednesday be damned. Despite it being a midweek show, there was a great, energetic, turnout at The Music Farm Charleston. So energetic, actually, that I hit the floor for the first time in my life at a show, and no, I don’t mean that I danced (if you see me dance, don’t let me drive). I was hit so hard by someone in the pit behind me that my camera and I met the beer covered, sticky ass floor. We survived, and even managed to get some photos, too.
Seattle’s Helms Alee opened with a fantastic set of pysch tinged, guitar heavy noise rock that was met with a really great response. They were awesome, and I think surprised more than a few show goers who were there solely to see The Melvins.
And, let’s be honest, most of us were there to see The Melvins. The legendary proto-grunge/heavy rock/sludge kings did not disappoint. Surprisingly active on stage, the trio played a monstrous set drawn for their extensive catalog, and even threw in KISS/Alice Cooper covers (“Deuce” and “Halo Of Flies”, if you must know) for good measure. The night ended with Helms Alee joining them on stage for an a cappella “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and a joyous 2 guitar, 2 bass, 2 drummer rendition of “Night Goat”. Killer night. More photos after the jump: